MAINE vs. NORTHEASTERN
Time, site: Thursday (7 p.m.), Friday (2 p.m.), Alfond Arena, Orono
Records: Maine 4-6 (0-2 Hockey East), Northeastern 7-2-2 (1-1-1)
Series, last meeting: NU leads 17-12-2, NU 3-1 on Jan. 14
Key players: Maine — C Brittany Dougherty (7 goals, 7 assists), LW Jennie Gallo (8 & 3), RW Myriam Croussette (4 & 6), RW Danielle Ward (3 & 6), D Ashley Norum (1 & 7), G Brittany Ott (3-5, 2.90 goals-against average, .913 save percentage), G Candice Currier (1-1, 2.40, .871); Northeastern — C Rachel Llanes (5 & 6), RW Brittany Esposito (4 & 6), Julia Marty (1 & 8), RW Katie MacSorley (6 & 1), LW Alyssa Wohlfeiler (3 & 4), D Maggie DiMasi (1 & 5), G Florence Schelling (6-2-2, 1.95, .926)
Outlook: Schelling has tended net for Switzerland in the last two Olympics. She held Maine to three goals in three games a year ago with 86 saves. Maine has scored just three goals in its last three games. The Bears have been getting chances but haven’t been able to convert. The Huskies are a fast team and Maine coach Maria Lewis said her defensemen are going to have to “play smart” by gapping properly and keeping the NU forwards in front of them. NU has a high-powered line featuring Wohlfeiler, Llanes and Esposito and Maine will have to find a way to neutralize them. Esposito is dynamic. Both teams have good power plays. Maine is operating at a 22.6 percent efficiency rate compared to NU’s 20.5 percent. Gallo has four power play goals while Llanes leads NU with three. NU is 6-1-1 in its last eight games.